COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s soccer teams returns home to host two top 10 teams at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes take on No. 8 Michigan State at 5 p.m. Friday. The match is Senior Day for the Buckeyes. The Scarlet and Gray will then host No. 5 Kentucky at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Columbus.
Both matches be seen on BTN Plus ($). Fans can follow Buckeyes with updates on twitter via @OhioStateMSOC. Links can be found on the OSU men’s soccer schedule page.
2018 SENIOR CLASS
The 2018 senior class has won 27 matches, including 20 victories at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The group was a part of the 2015 Big Ten championship team and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. The seniors have led the Buckeyes on and off the field, guiding the team to a program-record fifth straight team academic award. The senior class includes Brady Blackwell, Michael Dichlian, Michael Prosuk and Alex Nichols.
“The seniors have been great,” head coach Brian Maissonneuve said. “I’ve said it before, it was a lot to ask for this group and without their leadership with Brady, and Alex, unfortunately he’s been injured since the second game of the season, Dichlian and Prosuk, it’s a good group. Obviously we’ve hit a lot of hurdles and bumps in the road and if it wasn’t for those guys, we wouldn’t continue to grow and develop. Take our record aside, we’ve definitely have gotten better with the way we’ve trained and competed. It has a lot to do with these seniors.”
NOTES ON THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State (1-9-2, 0-3-1 B1G) returns to action after falling at Syracuse, 3-0, on Monday night.
• Three of the final five matches on the schedule are against teams ranked in the Top 10.
• The Buckeyes have had nine members make their OSU debuts this season. The Buckeyes have a young attacking group of players, including freshman Xavier Green, redshirt freshman Devyn Etling and sophomores Joshua Jackson-Ketchup and Mitch Bergman. Redshirt junior Jake Scheper has also made his OSU debut this fall.
• Head coach Brian Maisonneuve claimed his first career win in a 1-0 victory over Hofstra Aug. 26 in Columbus.
• Maisonneuve was associate head coach at Indiana University, guiding the team to the 2012 NCAA national title. He was a member of the Columbus Crew from 1996-2004.
• Senior Brady Blackwell, redshirt junior Parker Siegfried and sophomore Will Hirschman were named to the Big Ten preseason honors list.
• The Buckeyes are averaging 9.9 shots per game and 0.50 goals per game this season.
• Scheper leads the team with fIve points (1g, 3a). Devyn Etling has scored a pair of goals, while Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, Michael Prosuk and Jack Holland have also scored for the Scarlet and Gray.
• Parker Siegfried is 1-9-2 with a 1.61 GAA and two shutouts this fall.
• Blackwell and Jackson-Ketchup were each named to the All-Tournament Team in Dayton.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
No. 8 Michigan State is 9-2-2 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten play. Last time out, the Spartans fell, 2-1, at home vs. Akron Oct. 9 in East Lansing, Mich. The team is led by Ryan Sierakowski who has 14 points on five goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Jimmy Hague is 9-2-2 with a 0.68 GAA and six shutouts this season.
The Spartans lead the all-time series, 25-20-3. Last time out, the Buckeyes upset No. 8 Michigan State, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich. Michael Prosuk scored in the match and Parker Siegfried made five saves.
The Wildcats are 9-1-1 overall and 3-1 in conference action this fall. JJ Williams leads the team with 21 points on nine goals and three assists this fall. Enrique Facusse is 9-1-1 with a 0.53 GAA.
Kentucky leads the all-time series 7-5-4.